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Rollerball [2002] [DVD]

2.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn, Naveen Andrews
  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Producers: John McTiernan, Charles Roven, Beau St Clair
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000071WJ5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,081 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Remake of the 1975 future sports classic. When hockey player and skateboarder Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein) is recruited to play the emergent cable TV sport of Rollerball, he quickly becomes the game's biggest star. But after a fellow player is injured, Jonathan discovers some disturbing evidence which suggests the game is being manipulated by outside forces in order to make it increasingly violent and dangerous. Realising that his boss Petrovich (Jean Réno) is the man behind these changes, Jonathan starts making plans to get out of the game - but with so much money involved, it's unlikely his masters will let him off the hook easily.

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This Rollerball, a 2002 remake of the excellent 1975 original, is one of the most notorious failed would-be blockbusters of recent years. Chris Klein struggles as Jonathon Cross, star of the violent game of the title, a mixture of speedway, hockey and rollerskating for the WWF generation. Perfunctory support comes from Rebecca (X Men) Romijn-Stamos, while Jean Reno is the promoter prepared to sacrifice player's lives for TV ratings. The remake could not be more different from the original in tone, as formal elegance is replaced by a cacophonic heavy metal soundtrack and MTV-style editing that makes the games impossible to follow. Set in the present, this Rollerball ironically fulfils the original's suggestion that the near future would be a big business, media-dominated world of blood and circuses. The film's best asset is relocating the story in a crumbling and corrupt Russia, a world sufficiently alien to have a genuinely science fictional resonance; the elaborate production design and wild profusion of costumes suggest post-communism, post-modern, global melting pot freefalling out of control, paying homage to Ridley Scott's seminal Blade Runner (significantly, perhaps, LL Cool J's character is called Ridley). Not quite as disastrous as expected, one still wonders how John (Die Hard) McTiernan made an action thriller this mediocre.

On the DVD: Rollerball's commentary by Chris Klein, LL Cool J and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is jokey, amiable and reveals plenty of filmmaking trivia without offering anything substantial. The "Rollerball Yearbook" presents text profiles of the four teams and 11 key players linked to "highlights", i.e., montages taken from the film of the participants. This also has sections on six areas of the "Roller Dome" and three sections on "Game Gear", which amounts to a photo gallery of costumes, masks and bikes. Also included is the theatrical trailer and trailers for three other SF movies. The anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer is excellent, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is suitably dynamic and raucous. There are subtitles in six languages as well as English and English for Hard of Hearing, while the disc also contains French and Spanish dubs of the main feature. --Gary S Dalkin

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Were can I start its going to be hard to review this film without swearing but I'll try......
As a fan of the original I was quite looking forward to this film, when it came out it received poor reviews so I never bothered getting it, however after a good few months I did decide to get it, the original is one of the most powerful films I have seen and is certainly in my top 10, this is by far the worst film I have ever seen in my life. The arena has been modernized and now resembles a circus ring rather than a sports arena, the players are like WWF characters and the action is just lame.
Motorbikes are still a factor however they serve no purpose, the scoring mechanism looks like they have made a prequel rather than a sequel. Chris Klein (a Keanu Reeves wannabe it seems) is the worst actor in the world, he portrays a real soft geezer, a wet fart so to speak and at one point when he was referred to as "The angriest man in the game" I nearly choked to death... Maybe that would have been a good thing as I would not have been able to see the rest of the film.....
The story is pants, the action is superficial, and acting is terrible, the editing (especially the sound) is the worst ever... It is an embarrassment to the word Rollerball, the only good thing to came out of it is REBECCA ROMIJN-STAMOS however that just does not make up for it unfortunately.
Don’t buy, however if you want to be able to tell your mates that you have seen the worst ever film in the history of man, then rent it, and if you haven’t seen the original, then buy that, its a must see film........ sooo disappointed
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I am a massive fan of the original Rollerball and yet when I saw the trailer for the new one at the cinema I was very excited. Sadly after 10 minutes watching it my joy was turned to one of bitter disapointment for it was not worth the entrance fee. The actors were all miscast, the performances poor, the action laughable and the storyline boring. Who thought that it would be a good idea to put LL Cool J into the movie anyway? I found him to be more irritating than entertaining and I had to confess that I have never watched the movie all the way through simply because I found I had better things to do with my time. A waste of a classic film license.
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Very disappointed. The original was a classic and the actual match scenes were superb. This remake is dreadful. The arena is absolutely rubbish and everything becomes too cluttered on screen to actually see what is happening. The kernel of the story was OK and if they had used the original set then it might have worked. However, this was very, very poor. Don't bother, just watch the original again!
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The original must be rated a classic. This was so bad I almost gave up watching it. There are considerably better B movies.
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I can't remember the last time I thought a film was so bad I turned it off but Rollerball had me reaching for the remote after I had endured 45 painful minutes. The 1970s original, although not a classic, is certainly a well-made film. It has a good cast, especially James Caan, and a credible dystopian script. The three Rollerball matches/action sequences are exceptional.

This remake jettisons anything approaching a coherent plot, has a script that is moronic, is full of gratuitous shots of topless woman (working out in a gym with your kit off, for example!) and an appalling rock soundtrack. Remember the Bach from the original? The only thing that could have potentially saved it was the Rollerball matches - but these are on a much smaller circuit, make no sense and have even less excitement about them.

Usually my attitude in reviews is to suggest other Amazon viewers make up their own minds. But in this case I recommend you do not bother with this film. See the original instead. And to think this is the work of the director who once brought us Die Hard! (Though admittedly I did read that the film was extensively recut without his permission.) Dreadful...
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Is it as good as the origional? By the way the films are presented it is not feasiable to judge one against the other. Similer storyline but made in two very different decades to be judged against each other. However having said that it is an enjoyable enough film to keep you entertained.
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A pale reflection of the original with rather confused action sequences and weak acting. I usually love Jean Reno but here I didn't really get his part. Could do better. And the action rink ? Give me a break. Far too complicated and confusing compared to the spare elegance of the original
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The worst remake ever?
Two good things about this- Ice-T who can be OK, and Jean Reno who can be brilliant.
The story is weak, with zero excitement, stuttering along between illogical weak scenes.
Like the movie, the game in this one is a small thing, frantically and badly filmed, offering absolutely no interest in what’s going on.
Nothing more to add. Garbage of the worst kind, souring the name of a great movie.
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